Bahrain has a reputation as a relatively liberal and modern Persian Gulf. The government  has encouraged tourism development which is a significant source of income. Despite a recent period of political liberalization including some changes in the criminal code, in 2011 during the ‘Arab Spring’ major protests against government policies led to massive street protests.
The law is silent on private, non-commercial sexual acts between consenting adults. The law therefore allows homosexuality and it is not criminalized in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Traditional religious mores view homosexuality and cross-dressing as signs of immorality, which may impact how the legal system deals with LGBT-rights. Law enforcement agents and the courts have broad discretionary powers to issue fines and or jail time for any activities deemed to be in violation of traditional morality.

 

Bahrain - Durrat Al Bahrain  (photo-woodsbagot.com)
Bahrain - Durrat Al Bahrain (photo-woodsbagot.com)...
Bahrain - Durrat al Bahrain off-shore site  (photo-wayfaring.info)
Bahrain - Durrat al Bahrain off-shore site (photo-wayfaring...
Bahrain - man in front of Grand Mosque  (photo-telegraph.co.uk)
Bahrain - man in front of Grand Mosque (photo-telegraph.co....
Bahrain - Workers renovate the Naval Support Activity Bahrain Child
Bahrain - Workers renovate the Naval Support Activity Bahrai...
Bahrain - Grand-Prix  (photo-hoteliermiddleeast.com)
Bahrain - Grand-Prix (photo-hoteliermiddleeast.com)...
Bahrain - hotel
Bahrain - hotel...
Bahrain - house for sale  (photo-localpropertyindex.com)
Bahrain - house for sale (photo-localpropertyindex.com)...
Bahrain - Isla de Aldar beach  (photo-Caroll Cabrera)
Bahrain - Isla de Aldar beach (photo-Caroll Cabrera)...
Bahrain - Manama skyline  (photo-picture4u.net)
Bahrain - Manama skyline (photo-picture4u.net)...
Bahrain - man with cell phone at Grand Mosque (photo-msnbc.msn.com)
Bahrain - man with cell phone at Grand Mosque (photo-msnbc.m...
Bahrain - Manama skyline  (photo-battutabahrain.blogspot.com)
Bahrain - Manama skyline (photo-battutabahrain.blogspot.com...
Bahrain - Manama waterfront  (photo-battutabahrain.blogspot.com)
Bahrain - Manama waterfront (photo-battutabahrain.blogspot....
Bahrain - One dinar note  (photo-aes.iupui.edu)
Bahrain - One dinar note (photo-aes.iupui.edu)...
Bahrain - school children  (photo-galenfrysinger.com)
Bahrain - school children (photo-galenfrysinger.com)...
Bahrain - Students aboard World Youth Ship  (photo-shipforworldyouth.org)
Bahrain - Students aboard World Youth Ship (photo-shipforwo...
Bahrain - Bahrain University  (photo-darden.virginia.edu)
Bahrain - Bahrain University (photo-darden.virginia.edu)...
Bahrain - wind turbines at World Trade Center  (photo-e-architect.co.uk)
Bahrain - wind turbines at World Trade Center (photo-e-arch...
Bahrain - World Trade Center
Bahrain - World Trade Center...
Bahrain - Woman with four kids  (photoi-stefanakis.info)
Bahrain - Woman with four kids (photoi-stefanakis.info)...
Bahrain - young girl  (photo-marcopolis.net)
Bahrain - young girl (photo-marcopolis.net)...
Bahrain - young girl  (photo-timeoutbahrain.com)
Bahrain - young girl (photo-timeoutbahrain.com)...
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Bahrain - protesting cleric
Bahrain - protesting cleric...
The 2011????????2012 Bahraini uprising, sometimes called the February 14 Revolution
The 2011????????2012 Bahraini uprising, sometimes called the...
Bahrain - protester at Pearl monument
Bahrain - protester at Pearl monument...
Bahraini Shiites hold banners and portraits of prisoners during a
Bahraini Shiites hold banners and portraits of prisoners dur...
Bahraini army tanks take position near Pearl Square in Manama
Bahraini army tanks take position near Pearl Square in Manam...
Bahrain - Saudi military vehicles enter Bahrain to help quell
Bahrain - Saudi military vehicles enter Bahrain to help quel...
In this image from video armored personnel carriers roll towards
In this image from video armored personnel carriers roll tow...
Bahrain-financial-trouble-behind-calm-facade photo: telegraph.co
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Bahrain - map
Bahrain - map...
Bahrain - Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, king of Bahrain
Bahrain - Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, king of Bahrain (photo-...
Bahrain - oil refinery  (photo-vimac.com.vn)
Bahrain - oil refinery (photo-vimac.com.vn)...
Bahrain - airport control tower  (photo-bac.bh)
Bahrain - airport control tower (photo-bac.bh)...
Bahrain - Al-Fateh Mosque, Manama (photo-galenfrysinger.com)
Bahrain - Al-Fateh Mosque, Manama (photo-galenfrysinger.com)...
Bahrain - basketball game at British School in Bahrain
Bahrain - basketball game at British School in Bahrain...
Bahrain - boat harbor
Bahrain - boat harbor...
Bahrain - Boys attend Eid al-Fitr dawn prayers at a
Bahrain - Boys attend Eid al-Fitr dawn prayers at a mosque i...
Bahrain - causeway to Saudi Arabia  (photo-tripadvisor.com)
Bahrain - causeway to Saudi Arabia (photo-tripadvisor.com)...
Bahrain - Doulos Bookstore  (photo-ixpats.com)
Bahrain - Doulos Bookstore (photo-ixpats.com)...